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Ubuntu Server 13.04 "Raring Ringtail" Brings Focus To OpenStack & Hypervisors

Ubuntu Server 13.04 "Raring Ringtail" Brings Focus To OpenStack & Hypervisors

Canonical has just taken the wraps off its latest Ubuntu Server release, with version 13.04 coming out later today. “Raring Ringtail” isn't one of the long-term support (LTS) releases – that won't be out till April of next year – instead offering just six months of support. It's more of a stepping stone towards the 14.04 LTS,  but nevertheless, Raring Ringtail does contain a few interesting new features, especially for those using it in cloud deployments. The biggest change for Ubuntu Server this time around is its tight-knit integration with the new Grizzly release of OpenStack, which comes by default with... more »
What’s Flash Mean for the Everyday IT Guy?

What’s Flash Mean for the Everyday IT Guy?

At the recently concluded FlashCUBE mini event, Wikibon CTO David Floyer shares his thoughts on clients' perspective on flash technology, as well as flash-related issues that the average IT person deals with on a daily basis. “The everyday IT guy is interested in making the applications that they have on the floor work better, work faster. The most difficult applications to get around faster are always the database applications. The first area that these are being applied to is allowing database applications to run faster, to take away the issues with the storage admin, the DBAs etc; fighting about who’s got... more »
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Not Just Lipstick on a Pig. IBM's Billion-Dollar Flash Initiative Puts Innovation Back on Track

As an introduction to Steve Mills’ interview at our recently concluded FlashCUBE, John Furrier shared his thoughts about IBM’s move to invest a billion dollars in flash (full video below). This is the third time the company invested a billion-dollar amount to a specific space; first with open source, and then with analytics. “I was really impressed,” shared SiliconAngle founder John Furrier. “Clearly, he’s the leader of the ship and he’s setting down the strategic objective. I think they’re putting their money where their mouth is. I think the marketplace noticed heavily. When you look at that acquisition, IBM is putting a... more »
HP Launches New Enterprise-Ready TippingPoint IPS Security Appliances

HP Launches New Enterprise-Ready TippingPoint IPS Security Appliances

Today’s real world security challenges call for the highest capability solutions. In the enterprise, its as critical as anything else on your plate. The demands of the modern infrastructure cover the data center, remote office and branch locations, WAN deployment, cloud deployment, the classic perimeter, wireless and more. We always talk about security layers, but in a lot of ways, there is always the need for faster and faster security systems that have higher port density, enterprise-grade features, with excellent visibility and minimal downtime – A pretty nice checklist of must-haves. To answer that call, HP has launched a new... more »
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Hacked Twitter Account Shakes-Up the Stock Market, Alerts the FBI

"Breaking: Two Explosions in the White House and Barack Obama is injured," the Associated Press tweeted yesterday. If you were one of the many who read the tweet, I’m pretty sure you were alarmed and concerned, since the news came from a legit news source.  But lo and behold, the news was not real, as the Twitter account was apparently hacked. Unfortunately, before it was revealed that the tweet was not real, the mischievous post has already done its damage, the Dow plummeted nearly 100 points following the tweet, briefly losing $100 billion.  Though it quickly recovered, people can’t help but think... more »
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Amazon is Stirring the Cloud Pot, but Rivals Still In the Mix

Jason Mendenhall, executive vice president for cloud at Switch Communications, the collocation provider that operates the "ginormous" SuperNap data center in Las Vegas, says that Amazon Web Services is not growing at the expense of the enterprise market – quite the opposite. During this week’s Wikibon Peer Incite event, he discussed how the public cloud giant is disrupting the industry by pressuring the competition to differentiate. Mendenhall tells Wikibon’s Dave Vellante that “there is not going to be one cloud to rule them all”.  Amazon is gaining a lot of traction in the enterprise, but many analysts believe that one size... more »
Open-Source Flash is Powering Hyperscale, Starts with Consumers, says Fusion-io's Gary Orenstein

Open-Source Flash is Powering Hyperscale, Starts with Consumers, says Fusion-io's Gary Orenstein

Gary Orenstein, senior vice president of products for Fusion-io, took some time off this week to chat with SiliconAngle founding CEO John Furrier and Wikibon’s Dave Vellante. The trio discussed flash, Big Data, and software-led infrastructure. Orenstein, a Cube alumnus, starts the discussion by providing an overview of the solid-state market. He explains how flash evolved from a niche market to a rapidly growing vertical buzzing with activity, and adds that the industry has reached a tipping point. Furrier picks up from Orenstein left off and brings up the topic of hyperscale. He details how enterprises are adopting scale-out, commodity infrastructure to eliminate... more »
Samsung's Rugged S4 & Apple's Rugged Q2 - SiliconANGLE News Roundup

Samsung's Rugged S4 & Apple's Rugged Q2 - SiliconANGLE News Roundup

In today’s NewsDesk roundup: There's a new, rugged Samsung Galaxy S4 in the works; Nokia’s Asha 210 attempts to dethrone BlackBerry in the QWERTY category; Huawei dropping out of the US mobile market; NYT videos no longer part of paywall; BitTorrent releases cloud-less storage app; Senate puts CISPA on hold; Netflix’s new Family Plan; iPad users get Fiber app; and iPad sales helped Apple earn profits. Rugged Samsung Galaxy S4 in the works The next iteration of the Samsung Galaxy S4 may already be on the way. A ruggedized S4 will be released in the coming months. The new variant would be... more »
Dell Stock Buyback Struggles As PC Business Goes Into Free Fall

Dell Stock Buyback Struggles As PC Business Goes Into Free Fall

Michael Dell's quest to buyback his company continues with recent developments regarding private equity firms and their unwillingness to participate in a process called "go-shopping." Go-shopping is a period after a deal is announced in which the target company, in this case Dell, shops around to see if there are any other bidders. Go-shops were first used in private equity buyouts that demanded exclusive negotiations. The board agrees to the exclusivity, but with the caveat that it gets a period of time when alternative bids can be solicited.  This step assures the board that the company will be sold to the... more »
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CIOs Should Embrace the Cloud but Apply Strong Management Techniques

As the initial CIO skepticism about cloud services fades and ITOs start looking for the advantages of cloud, writes Scott Lowe in his latest Wikibon Alert, “The CIO and the Cloud: Embrace, Extend, Innovate”, they should consider Big Data Analytics as an early use case. However, they should be careful about “platform sprawl”, the 21st century equivalent of “server sprawl”, and apply strong governance practices from the start. In an Alert inspired by the April 23 Peer Incite discussion on the impact of cloud services in general and Amazon specifically on the IT organization, Lowe writes that CIOs have no lack... more »

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